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plant spacing rules in border, for different plants

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 17:48

Like BL, I use herbs in pots and almost any size will do. Drainage is the most important thing, but the smaller the pot, the more attention the plant will need in terms of watering. I have a pot that's around 15" (40cm) diameter which has  rosemary and thyme in it but I've often had a single plant in an 8"/9" pot (20cm)

Depending on the look you prefer, you may want to have a matching set of pots  (terracotta  or glazed ones for instance) and group a few of differing sizes together or, if you have wide steps, put  identical pots down one side of them with a different plant in each. 



Posted: 31/01/2014 at 17:08

Brilliant Andy. That will be a great trip and I'm sure you'll thoroughly enjoy it 

Is Mrs Andy just as keen on the garden, or is she just very understanding? 

Those pix are just the tonic we all need pd. Very cold and windy here  with leaden, snowy looking clouds.

BL - I miss my last car - a Honda CRV - for the same reasons as you, but it became unreliable and I had to do a quick change. Once I've done the extension I'll save for another jeep. All the room in the world for 'stuff', and great on the dodgy little roads in icy weather. The heated seats were great in the winter too 

I didn't have to stab the architect today Kef  so you won't be reading about me in the Sunday papers....

eucalyptus illness

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 14:07

I'd agree with doc Jess. We've been lulled into a false sense of security with the winter so far, and they can succumb to cold even without pruning, depending on where you are.  

It'll put on lots of growth in the spring/summer anyway, so it would only be small for a little while 


Posted: 31/01/2014 at 14:01

Clari -you're forgetting one very important factor....Verdun's a man.... 

Boys and their toys 

Verd - it'll have to be a manual car then....and are you sure you want to mix those flavours on the  gearstick? You've really not thought this through properly, have you?

I don't know....


Posted: 31/01/2014 at 13:56

In my last garden we had thousands of snowdrops along the front boundary fence. It was  wet ground which never dried out at all, so if you can get them in moist soil of some sort I think they'll be fine. With that amount you can stand a few casualties. That said, they're also quite forgiving - my sister gave me a couple of small pots of snowdrops this summer which are coming through perfectly. They had been in those tiny pots and very neglected for about a year!

Witch Hazel

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 13:31

I'd agree about getting it planted out rather than in a pot.  It'll appreciate a bit more room to give it's best, and a little shade is better if possible.

Conditions this year have meant that lots of plants are behaving slightly differently as well, so don't worry too much. 


Posted: 31/01/2014 at 13:24

Well - it's just started snowing/sleeting here, but  the architect's been and gone and  I've dealt with HMRC ,  so I can deal with anything now 

pd -  can you have gadgets and a shed combined...

Verdun - I don't trust these parking gizmos on cars - they're fine till they don't work. The one on my ex's car was always going wrong  

Does your new car have a holder for doughnuts?


Cost of bird food

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 08:21

I do the same LF, but usually just small amounts with the bacon fat left from the girls having bacon rolls! I just stir in a little bird food and put in a foil lined ramekin. Ideal for teh little birds in their 'cage' on the ground.

You're right Mark - the cheap food is padded out and isn't worth having. Better quality means no waste and mess - or very little.

Overgrown Montana Clematis

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 08:17

And the acer LF 

Yes chick- there's room for several on the never ending new fence! 


Posted: 31/01/2014 at 07:54

Morning all. Yes, you're right Verdi. Lots of snow forecast for north of England and Scotland although it now looks like we'll get it tomorrow rather than today here in the central belt. Take your brolly when you go car hunting 

Have  a good day everyone - stay warm and safe - whether you're out or at home 

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